“The funders have no immediate plans for a further round of IB Catalyst beyond the projects announced today. This is following a review of individual Delivery Plans and budget allocations. The first four rounds of Catalyst funding will be reviewed as they progress, and the funders remain committed to supporting the development of the UK industrial biotechnology sector while future funding for the Catalyst is explored.”
I realise this announcement will be a disappointment; BBSRC remains committed to supporting Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy research and continues to see the Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy as an essential route to do this.
The Research Councils and InnovateUK remain committed to supporting those working in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy and applications are welcomed through the normal channels and upcoming opportunities including:
- BBSRC NIBB Proof of Concept and Business Interaction Vouchers for pump-priming activities within IBBE (see individual BBSRC NIBBwebsites links from BBSRC website)
- BBSRC Responsive mode calls including Industrial Partnership Awards and LINK projects at: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/innovation/collaboration
- BBSRC Follow-on Fund
- EPSRC Standard Research
- Innovate UK calls for proposals through the Manufacturing and Materials competitions in May and November 2016 and the open competition calls in June and December 2016. For more information about calls to be announced see the Innovate UK Delivery Plan 2016-17 (PDF)